Date(s) - 27 Feb 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Arizona Science Center
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Bridging Science and Burn Medicine through Bioengineering: The Arizona Burn Center Experience
Feb. 27, 2014
Perfect for science lovers from 16 -116 years!
Speakers: Dan Caruso, MD, Department of Surgery Chair
Kevin Foster, MD, MBA, Burn Center Director
Melissa A. Singer Pressman, PhD, Director of Research
Karen Richey, RN, BSN
Details: Integrating bioengineering and clinical medicine is at the forefront of burn research at the Arizona Burn Center (AZBC). The AZBC, Arizona’s only verified Burn Center, was founded in 1965 by Dr. MacDonald Wood. Since then, it has grown from a few beds set aside for burn care to the second busiest burn center in the nation, caring for over 900 adults and children each year. It is the regional burn center for the southwestern United States, serving children and adults from Arizona, surrounding states and Northern Mexico. The AZBC has a distinguished history of clinical research. During this presentation we will discuss the pathophysiology of the burn injury, the history of burn research, current areas of research interest, and give details on novel research projects currently active at the AZBC. These projects include studying the use of new medications, treatments, and techniques geared to improving the treatment of the burn patient. We will present some of our current research projects, including the “skin gun”, a novel way of harvesting the patient’s own skin cells and spraying them onto the burn wound, and national disaster preparedness.